We can't stress enough how important this aspect of training is for the health and well-being of you and your French Bulldog puppy.
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Choose the Right Crate for Your Dog
For dogs that prefer to sleep in the dark, I would recommend Impact Dog Crates (which are more enclosed), It’s important, that you don’t buy a crate that is too big for your dog. Depending on how big your dog is going to get, buy the right crate for their adult size, Then get a divider so you can build the space and grant them more and more space. This will save you money in the long run,
Establish the Proper Mindset
The more your dog thinks of their crate as their spot to relax the more they will be comfortable staying in there. If your Frenchie's doing what they do best and getting all crazy than don't put them in the crate. But if you bring them in it when they’re calm, they will likely view it as a place of rest. Start by bringing them in for 10 minutes at a time and work your way up from there. And never punish a dog in their crate. Their tiny animals and that's the one spot we create for them to go in and be "safe".
See what your Frenchie likes
There are many companies out there, we choose K9 BALLISTICS DOG BED . These beds are very easily cleaned and almost tear proof, even our Mastiff cant get them down. So we always just chose K9 BALLISTICS BED. We are a quality of quantity type of company and I don't like buying 100 beds from stores and than have my beautiful dogs eating those chemicals and stuff.
Give the Dog a Treat After They Go Into the Crate
Once again, positive association rules. We like to get organic freeze dried treats and put them in Kong toys or peanut butter. When they’re hanging out in the crate, they have something that stimulates them, It gets the dog used to being in the crate for a longer period of time, while also associating it with an enjoyable activity.
Keep track of time
Your Frenchie needs to do dog things like eat poop pee and run around in circles. Make sure their not in their longer than the recommended crate times Dogs don't like to sit and sleep in their own messes, obviously, who would. But if your Frenchie has a accident, don't get upset and think about the time frame you fed them at and how long you had them in there.
Play Crate Games
The dog shouldn’t see the crate as a negative place. They actually will see it as a safe place. To ensure this, incorporate the crate into fun games where the pup goes in and out of the open crate at their own will. I like to hide their favorite toys in the crate and let them find them and come back.
Don't have collars on them!!!
Your dogs shouldn't ever be in a crate with a collar on. I'm sure you have heard stories, but that doesnt end well for anyone sadly. Just don't do it, our dogs only wear collars when they are going out somewhere, but we also off leash train so for us we never think about that.
Set Your Dog Up for Success
Once you are ready to give your dog more time inside the crate, do it in
small steps. Dont leave all night Partying. Maybe go grab a beer or something and come back in a set amount of time. Also I really suggest setting a camera up. We use WYZE CAM. They are very affordable and good quality, than you will be able to see your Frenchie's at all times. Are they anxious? Are
they pacing? Or are they calm? Then you know — and when you come back, you can reward them.
Prepare yourself for at least six
months of training. There will be ups and downs since dogs aren’t linear learners, but success will come. Even when it feels like you’re banging your head against a wall, as long as you stay calm and consistent in your methodology, your dog will eventually look for the reward and you’ll have the opportunity to reward them.